Whether you’re a church Pastor, directing a ministry, or simply a volunteer, you most likely don’t have too much time during your day to keep up with what’s being written or discussed around key ministry topics like developing discipleship, increasing participation or building stronger church community.
But, that’s OK! Because every week, we’ll round up of some of the most helpful and inspirational news and articles published on the web and give them to you here, in one centralized place as part of our “Reaffirmations Friday.”
Here are the top ministry blogs and articles this week detailing anything you may have missed.
Do you ever look through your Facebook timeline, notice the happy life everyone else seems to be living and find yourself overcome with dissatisfaction about your own life? We’ve all been there. The upside of social media is that we get to keep up with everyone’s life. The downside is that we get to keep up with everyone’s life, at least their filtered, Facebook life… Written by Art Rainer
Nothing is more exhilarating than preaching! It’s like nothing else to get in front of a group of people, open the Word of God and point people to Jesus. I absolutely love it. But I still get nervous sometimes before I preach. Maybe you do too. A few months ago I was standing next to my wife just before my sermon… Written by Lane Sebring
Reflecting on my childhood experience at church, the first thing to enter my mind is the old felt board and characters used by my Sunday School teacher to tell visual stories from the Bible. While many aspects of church ministry have stayed consistent, the current trends in church ministry have shifted since my childhood, and there is now a particularly strong focus on Children’s and Family Ministry… Written by David Fantin
The key to commending others is knowing Jesus. Not only is he the source of all that is right and good and beautiful, but as the God-man, he is the perfect human embodiment of our standard for praise. When we spot in others some commendable attitude or action — something that even faintly echoes one of Jesus’s many excellencies — the Christian thing to do is point it out and praise it. Written by David Mathis
The Bible says, in John 7:13, “No one had the courage to speak favorably about Jesus in public” (NLT). Even some of history’s greatest spokespeople for the gospel have struggled in their resolve to proclaim the truth boldly. The Bible says in Acts 18:9, “One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent’” (NIV)… Written by Rick Warren
Just this week a good friend of mine, Will, who serves with a large missionary sending agency came to speak at our church. He and his family are on furlough, and we invited him to share his experience as a missionary. I’m very glad he was able to work a visit to Wilkesboro Baptist Church into his schedule as we were equally challenged and blessed… Written by Chris Hefner
Is there are article you saw this week that you think should have made this list? Let us know!